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Soon you could see Facebook in Virtual Reality

Published 15/09/2015 | 12:18

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Facebook owns Virtual Reality outfit Oculus Rift so it was a safe bet that you were going to see the two working together

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As the consumer release of Oculus looms in 2016, Facebook is hard at work to launch a dedicated mobile app for viewing virtual reality content, including 360 degree videos. The company is also looking at ways of launching these video experiences straight from your desktop feed, meaning they would fully intend users to be wearing the headset while browsing.

A dedicated mobile video app just for virtual reality video would be quite a new departure for Facebook, which typically hasn't launched any products which are separate from the main social network. Facebook Messenger recently splintered off into its own unique app, so it's probably only a matter of time before several products emerge from the brand.

It's harder to know if people will be as interested in Facebook's offering, especially when YouTube already has support for 360 degree videos well ahead of the full launch of VR tech. That said, with Oculus being part of the Facebook stable, you can be sure the two companys will work together to offer something unique and compelling to those who pick up a headset in 2016.

 

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Facebook owns Virtual Reality outfit Oculus Rift so it was a safe bet that you were going to see the two working together

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